Update on Listeria monocytogenes in Hispanic-style fresh and soft cheeses

The FDA announced on 3/9/2021 that it received confirmation that the cheeses were also distributed in Rhode Island. The states with confirmed distribution now include AL, CT, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NJ, NY, NE, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, and WI. Recalled brands by cheese type include: Queso Fresco: El Abuelito, Rio Grande, Rio Lindo; Quesillo: El Abuelito, El Viejito, El Paisano, El Sabrosito, La Cima, Quesos Finos, San Carlos, Ideal Brands; Requeson: El Abuelito, El Viejito. Some of the cheeses were sold in bulk quantities and could have been repackaged by retailers. There have been a total of 11 Illnesses, 10 hospitalizations, and 1 death. States with Cases: CT (1), MD (4), NY (4), and VA (2). @ https://www.fda.gov/food/outbreaks-foodborne-illness/outbreak-investigation-listeria-monocytogenes-hispanic-style-fresh-and-soft-cheeses-february-2021?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

 Listeria monocytogenes Outbreak in Hispanic-style Cheese (Feb 2021)
Listeria monocytogenes Outbreak in Hispanic-style Cheese (Feb 2021)

Do not eat, sell, or serve recalled Queso Fresco, Quesillo (Oaxaca, string cheese) or Requeson (ricotta) cheeses.

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